A Family Surf Camp

Let's all surf together

Active, Fun & Social

For the whole family

If you want to have the ideal family vacation, then you should definitely consider coming to Swell surf camp for a family surf holiday. It doesn't matter whether you are father and son, mother and daughter or a large family, learning to surf is a great way to spend quality time with your kids, keeping them busy and exercised while having a blast yourself.

Swell Surf Camp


Family surf camp

One of the great things about Swell surf camp is that you are in a safe environment and will be mixing with other families all doing the same thing; all with the same goal, to catch as many waves as you can!

Mom, you won't have to worry about cooking for your family, so it will be a genuine vacation for you too. Kids love the food we cook at Swell and when we are not cooking at the camp, you can just wander 150m from our front door to some of the town's best restaurants where great value, tasty food awaits.

Dad, you don't need to spend hours organising excursions for your family vacation; Haudy, Swell's wonderful manageress will do it all for you. Check out our Day Trips page to see what the Dominican Republic has on offer besides surfing. You will barely be able to fit everything in in a week long stay!

family surfing vacation

During July and August, we get perfect 'baby-waves' for kids. Swell's surf instructors are qualified ISA surf coaches who are well-used to teaching kids to surf in a safe and fun way.

The water we teach in is always warm, it's also pretty shallow too and these months have such gentle waves that there is no fear of big waves 'wiping out' your kids.

Learning to surf will not only keep the kids entertained and enthralled with the ocean, but also wear them out a little, challenge them and teach them a sporting skill which will stay with them for life. Learning to surf when young means that they will pick up this sport way faster than an adult. Kids are fearless, light and have a low centre of gravity, which means they can stand easily and quickly on a surfboard.

You can imagine, a small person + a large surfboard (we use soft tops to avoid injury) equals lots of flotation; what every surfer needs. In our experience, kids learn fast and pick up advanced surf skills even faster, like turning and 'trimming' the surfboard. It is said that every surf session a young person has is worth 20 sessions for an adult.

Family surf holiday

At Swell surf camp, we tend to turn people into surfers for life. People who surf are happier, more fulfilled and calmer and that's not even taking into account the endless fitness benefits of surfing, which include cardio-vascular fitness, increased core-strength and stronger arms and legs.

It's great for burning calories with an average burn of 700 calories per surf session. For Moms and Dads, paddling for a wave is a low impact cardio-vascular exercise which avoids injury. Surfers will say that every session is either a great surf session or a great work-out; it's win-win!

Surfers are also passionate about the planet: Teaching your kids to surf will also give them a care of the ocean and the environment they are unlikely to learn anywhere else. As surfers ourselves, we see at first hand the damage humans have done to marine life and the water.

So if you have a child or children who are 8 years old and up, who can swim and would like to plan a family surf vacation at Swell surf camp in summer 2019, do get in touch with us.

Whilst we are talking about learning to surf, don't only book your child in for surf lessons, make sure you do it too. They may learn faster than you do, but doing something fun, active and meaningful with your child is absolutely priceless!


It's not just surfing that is on offer when you go on a family surf holiday with Swell.

Optional extra's that can be booked / organized for your family are:

  • Yoga classes 3 x per week at Swell
  • Snorkeling trips
  • Canyoning (highly recommended) see more info here >>
  • Stand up paddle surfing or Windsurfing
  • Cultural trips to Puerto Plata
  • Kitesurfing: Cabarete is one of the best spots in the world for it
  • Day trips to empty spectacular beaches
  • Offshore fishing trips
  • Laser & Optimist sailing lessons


Space is limited and as with all family holidays around the world, everyone is planning around the same dates, so contact Clare today so she can give you an availability and customised price quote for your family

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  • Think of Swell as the anti-surf camp. There’s plenty of surfing, of course, but the similarities to other surf camps end there. For starters, the rooms are stylish — more boutique surf hotel than reggae-loving surfer digs. Then there are the legendary breakfasts (omelets, pancakes and crepes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and fruit bowls). Structured surf lessons take place each morning, with an instructor alongside you and the head surf coach watching from shallow water, ready to offer learn to surf tips between riding waves. If you are serious about learning to surf, then Swell should be on top of your destination list. Highly recommended!

    Reference Source:
    [Frommer’s Travel Guides]

    Designed with the discerning surfer in mind, Swell Surf Camp is far from a crash pad. The spare clean lines, plush bedding, modern photographs and funky furniture say ‘boutique surf retreat’ but the pool, ping-pong and foosball tables and social vibe suggest otherwise. A huge wood communal table is the center of the hanging-out action, after all the surfing is done. Highly recommended!

    Reference Source:
    [Lonely Planet]




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